It's not just a PSU, it's a Lazer Platinum PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 16, 2011 - 11:38 AM |
Tagged: Kingwin, PSU, super flower

PSU naming schemes are getting a little ridiculous, trying to state that the Lazer Platinum is a Super Flower Gold King with a straight face is not easy.  The names aside, Kingwin's latest PSU offers features that will make you sit up with interest.  The efficiency of the PSU is above 90% in all but a few low load scenarios and the cooling fan hardly ever turns on thanks to a very good design.  You will pay more for the Kingwin LZP-550 Lazer Platinum but as far as TechPowerUp is concerned it is a worthy investment.

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"The Kingwin Lazer Platinum LZP-550 is based on Super Flower's platinum platform (Golden King 550W) and according to the manufacturer achieves over 92% efficiency. The power supply's fan will only spin beyond a certain temperature, so the PSU will emit no noise at low loads. In our review we find that this power supply is the best model available in its power range at this time."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Want a PSU from someone you've never heard of? Don't worry the RASURBO 550W is familiar on the inside

Subject: Cases and Cooling | June 9, 2011 - 03:05 PM |
Tagged: RASURBO Real & Power 550 W, PSU

One thing about new companies entering the PSU market is that the insides tend to be from a few recognized manufacturers so picking one up is not necessarily a bad idea, depending on what the insides are.  HEC-COMPUCASE are well known and while not top of the line they are recognized as providing decent power.  The RASURBO Real&Power 550 W is no exception ... provided it was a 450W PSU.  It seems that RASURBO was a bit optimistic about the power rating as at that power draw TechPowerUp saw disturbing flucutations; however at 450W draw they were quite happy with the performance.

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"We are always thrilled to see new companies enter the PSU market because this leads to more choice for the end users and competition gets tougher, reducing prices. Today we will take a look at RASURBO's Real&Power 550 W, which is 80 PLUS certified, utilizes a semi modular cabling scheme and comes with attractive pricing."

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Source: TechPowerUp

Announcing the XFX PSU Contest

Subject: General Tech | June 8, 2011 - 09:32 AM |
Tagged: xfx, PSU, easy rail, contest

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XFX is giving away 10 PSUs, one each day, to a lucky winner who has registered for their giveaway.  Each day they zero out the applications so you must re-enter the contest every day, though only one entry per day will count.  Winners will get an email and have 24 hours to respond otherwise XFX will pick a new winner.  You can also read more about XFX 's PSUs on this page in case you aren't convinced that getting one for free is a good enough reason to try them out.

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Click here to enter ... every day until the Monday the 13th!

Official Rules

  • Contest Period: June 6-10, 2011 and June 13-17, 2011.
  • Everyone that registers from 12:01 AM to 12:00 PM on the contest period above will be drawn each day for a daily prize.
  • Please register only once a day. Duplicate entry on the same day will be taken out to give everyone equal winning chance.
  • Winners will be chosen in a daily drawing. If you don’t win today, you can register again tomorrow for a chance to win tomorrow’s prize.
  • Winners will be contacted via email. You have to reply back to us within 24 hours of the time of receiving the notification to be able to win the prize. If 24 hours are past, we will contact the next eligible winner of that day.
  • Once winners are confirmed, we will announce their name on this contest page. This contest is open to North America residents only
  • You must be 18 years old and up to be qualified for this contest. You must register with a valid email address and mailing address in order to qualify to win. You are not qualified to enter the contest again if you are already win the prize in this same contest.
Source: XFX

Antec intros High Current Gamer Plus PSU and Solo II Chassis at Computex

Subject: Cases and Cooling, Shows and Expos | May 31, 2011 - 08:23 PM |
Tagged: solo, PSU, high current gamer, computex, antec

While at Computex 2011 we stopped by the Antec booth to see what the company had on display for new gear going into the second half of 2011. While we of course saw Antec's line up of existing cases and power supplies, and of course the SoundScience audio options, there were a couple of new items on the floor as well.

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First up was a visit with Joerg Theissen, formerly of Enermax, and a showing of the upcoming Antec High Current Gamer Plus series of power supplies. Available in a 550 watt, 650 watt and 750 watt version, the updated "Plus" series innovates by building in very high amperages in each of the various 12V rails; up to 40 amps on each! This allows the power supply to supply power to current and future graphics cards even with the smaller 550 watt PSU capacity.

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The Plus series is also going with a modular system that gives the user a very flexible expansion capability. While the red and black outlets for cables fit with what most users will use, you can in fact install up to 10 HDD cables on the power supply should you need it. Antec's goal with the new High Current Gamer Plus is to make a unit that addresses both the high end performance segment customers are used to as well as lowering the price to a point where it can address a large majority of the DIY market overall.

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The second new item was the Solo II chassis, a low cost design that actually includes some impressive features. Built on a combination of steel and aluminum, the Solo II is one of the first designs we have seen with built in support for the Slim ODD form factor, right out of the gate.

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Inside the case you will see only a few HDD cages though for a small case it does offer support for even the largest graphics cards in this way. You will also see a cutout on the motherboard tray for rear access to the CPU the brackets as well as some other openings for improved cable management.

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The front of the case opens up to reveal a pair of filtered intake fans and behind them the hard drive bays. The Solo II offers both your standard screw-less tray design as well as elastic suspension based HDD mounting options, similar to those seen in the LanBoy Air.

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Even though this is going to be a low cost case (estimate $99-129), Antec has included some noise reduction material that is a form of highly compressed plastic that they claim works nearly as well as the foam substance used on the Antec P180. It is installed on both doors as well as the top of the Solo II.

Overall I have to say that the Solo II looks like a great chassis for users that don't need a gluttony of space and also have to work on a budget.

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: Antec

Corsair Announces Expansion of Professional Series PSU Lineup

Subject: General Tech | May 30, 2011 - 11:05 PM |
Tagged: PSU, modular, corsair, computex

Today, Corsair announces new additions to its Professional and Professional Gold series, with the HX1050 and AX650 respectively.

The HX1050 is 80 PLUS Silver certified, and is rated to deliver 88% efficiency or more at 50% load. Further, it is capable of outputting up to 1,050 continuous watts of power. The Professional Series model includes a fixed ATX 12V connector as well as modular cables for the remaining connectors.

The Professional Series Gold addition; however, is capable of 650 watts of continuous power. The AX650 is 80 PLUS Gold certified, and can deliver more than 90% energy efficiency at 50% load. Utilizing a fully modular, flat cable design, the AX650 eases cable management issues, and delivers “unflinching voltage stability,” according to Corsair.

The HX1050 is available for purchase now from authorized retailers worldwide for a MSRP of $239 USD. On the other hand, the AX650 will become available for purchase in June worldwide, and will carry an MSRP of $169 USD. You can read more about the power supply lines here.

Computex 2011 Coverage brought to you by MSI Computer and Antec

Source: Corsair

With great power comes great efficiency; the OCZ ZX Series

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 18, 2011 - 03:18 PM |
Tagged: PSU, OCZ ZX Series, ocz, modular psu, 850W

OCZ's ZX series sport an 80+ Gold certification, making them the most power efficient of their lineups and very important when you are talking about an 850W PSU.  A 70A max single 12V rail for the four PCIe connectors is the stat most gamers want to know and the 140mm fan is important to those wanting a peaceful computing session.  What was most important to Think Computers about the 850W ZX Series PSU?  Read on to find out.

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“OCZ has recently released its latest power supply offering in the ZX Series of power supplies. These power supplies effectively replace the Z Series power supplies in the Maximum Performance sector and off an 80 PLUS gold certification, a single +12V rail, modular design and an impressive 5 year warranty. 80 PLUS gold certification means this power supply will run 87% efficient at 100% load. 80 PLUS gold is the second highest certification given to power supplies only out-done by the 80 PLUS Platinum certification. Today we will be taking a look at the 850W version of the ZX Series power supply"

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Corsair Updates Its Builder PSU Series With Three New Models

Subject: General Tech | May 10, 2011 - 01:59 PM |
Tagged: PSU, corsair

 Corsiar recently announced three new power supply models to update its popular CX Builder series. A favorite among many enthusiasts, the new CX V2 models off the same 80 plus certification as well as European Commission “European Commission Energy-Related Product (ErP) directive compliance for guaranteed efficiency and low standby power consumption.” Further, the new V2 models will carry have an extra warranty year on its predecessors, for a total of three years.

Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager for Components at Corsair states that Corsair’s Builder PSU series offers enthusiasts quality and reliability at attractive prices. “Low cost of operation and trouble-free performance are highly desired features at every price point and today we are proud to offer even better efficiency and a longer warranty with the new Builder Series CX V2 PSUs.”

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The new CX V2 models will be available worldwide for purchase in May, including the CX600 V2, CX500 V2, and the CX430 V2. Offering 600, 500, and 430 watts respectively, the models offer the following specifications:

CX600 V2 - 600 Watts

  CX600 V2 CX500 V2 CX430 V2
Connections

1xATX, 1xEPS, 2xPCI-E, 4xMolex, 6xSATA, 1xFloppy

1xATX, 1xEPS, 2xPCI-E, 4xMolex, 5xSATA, 1xFloppy

1xATX, 1xEPS, 1xPCI-E, 3xMolex, 4xSATA, 1xFloppy
Max Current 25A @ +3.3V and +5V, 40A @ +12V, 0.8A @ -12V, 3A @ +5Vsb 25A @ +3.3V, 20A @ +5V, 34A @ +12V, 0.8A @ -12V, 3A @ +5Vsb 20A @ +3.3V and +5V, 28A @ +12V, 0.8A @ -12V, 3A @ +5Vsb
Max Wattage 600 Watts @ 30°C Ambient 500 Watts @ 30°C Ambient 430 Watts @ 30°C Ambient
MSRP $74 USD $64 USD $49 USD

 

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Source: Corsair

The new low cost lineup from Enermax, is the NAXN series deserving of the name?

Subject: Cases and Cooling | May 9, 2011 - 09:14 AM |
Tagged: enermax, PSU, naxn, sirfa

Enermax has a solid reputation in the industry, stemming from their use of quality parts on the interior which do raise the cost of the units somewhat but raise the quality significantly.  Their new NAXN 750W goes a different way, choosing components that have been on the market a while and therefore cost a little less.  [H]ard|OCP's testing was influenced by their recent review of the Enermax Lepa 750W PSU which had decent performance but was priced too high when compared to competitors offerings.  The NAXN sacrifices a bit of energy efficiency when compared to the Lepa and higher priced PSUs but sacrifices nothing on quality.

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"Enermax has been a long time favorite of ours when it comes to PSUs. High quality builds that put out great power. Today we have its new NAXN 750 watt model; the first new model we have seen since Ecomaster took over the business. We are still not sure where this fits into the Enermax / Ecomaster product stack."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP
Manufacturer: Kingwin
Tagged: PSU, Kingwin

Introduction and Features

The Kingwin LZP-550 PSU is one of the first 80PLUS Platinum certified power supplies to hit the market. And high efficiency isn't the LZP-550's only claim to fame. Check out our review to see why it earned an Editor's Choice award.Introduction
        

           
Kingwin has just released their first Lazer Platinum Series power supply, the LZP-550, which is one of the first 80PLUS Platinum certified PC power supplies on the market.  The LZP-550 PSU is rated for 550W output and can be easily overclocked to 650W output with only a slight drop in efficiency.  Kingwin's new power supply comes with a full compliment of fixed and modular cables, a quiet 140mm fan that doesn't even turn on until the load heats up, and includes universal AC input with Active PFC.  It is designed to support the latest Intel and AMD processors along with multiple high-end graphic adapters.  And last but not least, Kingwin has extended their traditional 3-year warranty to five years; now we're talking.

Corsair is very enthused about the TX750 V2 750W PSU

Subject: Cases and Cooling | April 27, 2011 - 10:58 AM |
Tagged: PSU, corsair, 750w

Just a brief time ago asking if Corsair made power supplies would only get you an odd look in return, but over the past few years they have become quite well known for several lines of quality PSUs.  The newest is Version 2 of their TX750, a PSU that has been around for about 3 years and is in need of updating. [H]ard|OCP was glad to see that this PSU was an improvement from the previous iteration and it handily took a Silver Award from them after passing testing with flying colours.

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"Corsair is clearly defining the market for its new "Enthusiast Series" 750 watt power supply. Now that we know who it is for, surely we know what to expect from it right? Corsair has climbed to the top with a few other brands in a short period of time, let's see if "enthusiast" means the same thing to Corsair as it does to us."

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Source: [H]ard|OCP